Hillary Brown, FAIA, is founding principal of the firm New Civic Works, which assists public, institutional and nonprofit entities in portfolio-wide sustainability planning (buildings and infrastructure.) Clients for whom she has authored and helped implement environmental guidelines include Governors Island Education and Preservation Corporation, the City of New Haven, the State University of New York/ University at Buffalo, and Battery Park City. While at the City of New York's Department of Design and Construction, Hillary founded the Office of Sustainable Design and was managing editor and coauthor of the city's internationally recognized High Performance Building Guidelines. By early 2009, more than 60 city projects incorporating its sustainable strategies are in design, construction, or have been built. Her current firm since envisioned and coauthored the companion publication: High Performance Infrastructure Guideline: Best Practices for the Public Right-of-Way. Brown has served on both the national and New York Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council, and is currently a Board Member of the Healthy Schools Network. She teaches sustainable design at Princeton, Columbia, and Bard, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Systems at City University of New York.
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